Teacher Gift: DIY Soy Candle


Hello! Jennifer from Satsuma Designs here and very excited to be back at Just Us Four blog – thank you Shannah! At Satsuma Designs, I create Seattle-made baby products and content that help make caring for kids as easy as child’s play. At my blog, you’ll find crafts, organizing tips, recipes, holiday and everyday treats to delight you and your kiddos. Come by for a visit!

Did you celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day at school this year? We did and there just aren’t enough ways to thank our teachers for all they do for our kiddos and our families. We try to find little ways to say thanks with little bouquets stealthily picked on the walk to school or a coffee card once in a while. So as the year winds to a close, I wanted to present a homemade gift that sends a fun message. Here’s my Teacher Appreciation Gift of a DIY Soy Candle. I’ve added a fun little message related to light to really drive it home!

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Stenciled Leather Coasters

stenciled leather coasters

Hey y’all! It’s Ginger from Gingerly Made again. I don’t know what it is, but we can’t seem to keep a set of coasters around my house! I think the kids play with them and then loose them. Usually you can only find 1 or maybe 2. So since they are prone to getting lost, I periodically need to get more. But I don’t want to spend a lot of money. So what do I do?… Hit the thrift stores. Thanks to a thrift store find and some craft supplies I already owned, I was able to make these stenciled leather coasters for $2.00!!

I was looking for some stone tile type coasters, but only found paper ones and these “Patriots Colony” tin and cork coasters. I liked the cork bottom and knew I could upcycle these into something much prettier, so even though it wasn’t what I was specifically looking for, I went with it.

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Paleo Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

I am so excited to be partnering with Williams-Sonoma to bring you this amazing idea for Mother’s Day. As always, while this post was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I know you are probably basking in the glow of Spring break {ours begins this week} and maybe thinking about the upcoming Easter holiday. I’m going to say two words to you that may bring  a little bit of stress into your life but don’t worry because I’m only talking about it to help you prepare. Yes, Mother’s Day is approaching and with it comes finding the perfect gift and way to celebrate your mom. Or, as a mom yourself, it means being able to pass along a gift list to your husband and kids so you can get rewarded for all the awesome mothering you do each and every day. Start your Mother’s Day with lemon poppyseed waffles, complete with homemade raspberry butter and raspberry syrup, and it will definitely be a day to remember.


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3 Easy Ways to Wrap Wine Bottles

If you have ever met me, you know that I love wine which is why I am so excited to partner with Mirassou to share with you how wine makes the perfect hostess gift. Although this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #MirassouHoliday

So, I am a total wine lover. If you have ever met me in real life or even talked to me online {maybe stalked my Instagram}, you know that I love to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine. Of course, when I need to take a gift to a hostess for a party or dinner, wine is my go to selection. Not only is it an easy choice but it is something almost anyone can use and enjoy. Mirassou wines are one of my favorites because they are reasonably priced (starting at about $12 per bottle) and pair well with almost any holiday dish. Of course, after selecting the perfect wine, I have to decide how to wrap it for my hostess. Here are 3 easy ways to wrap wine beyond the traditional gift bag.

Three easy ways to wrap wine beyond the boring bag.

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Homemade Gifts: Paleo Pumpkin Granola

Back in September, I quietly set about doing Whole 30 for the month. I post a few snippets here and there on Instagram but I definitely wasn’t shouting to the world that I was immersed in a whole month of new eating habits. During the month, I craved granola because I could no longer have my delicious granola bars that had become snack staples in my life. Of course, being September, I needed pumpkin too so this paleo pumpkin granola was born.

The most delicious homemade pumpkin granola and it is paleo too! Totally Whole 30 compliant.

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Top Gifts for Girls

This morning, I shared all the details of H’s 7th birthday party. She chose a My Little Pony theme and she had a blast at her sleepover. I got a lot of questions as the party neared about what kinds of things she likes and what would make good gifts. I know I often struggle with the same questions so I thought I would share with you all what are considered the top gifts for girls in our household. {This post may contain affiliate links}

Great gift ideas for young girls around age 7.

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Stenciled Tea Towels {Guest Post}

There are few projects on my list that I been there forever. For some reason, they just never make it to the “to do” stage. Meredith tackles one of them by sharing all the details of how to make stenciled tea towels.


Hello, lovely readers! My name is Meredith, and I am thrilled to be visiting you today from unOriginal Mom.  Just Us Four is one of the first blogs I stumbled upon as a brand new blogger and I have been following Shannah ever since!


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11 Practically Free Father’s Day Gift Ideas

The end of May is in sight which means it is time to start thinking about Father’s Day and ways to make it special for the dads in our life.  I have two kids and they are always so excited to celebrate their dad.  Of course, he deserves it.  With kids though, I always try to find something that doesn’t cost a lot of money so they can feel like they really contributed to the gift.  These 11 practically free Father’s Day gift ideas are perfect to get your kids involved as adorable gifts for their dad.  Or, if you are on a major budget, you could easily use them for your dad too!

11 Almost Free Father's Day Gift Ideas #fathersday

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A Glimpse: Mother’s Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cardstore.

Mother’s Day is just over a week away.  Every time Mathlete and I start to discuss plans for Mother’s Day, I am reminded of six years ago when I first became a mom.  Talk about a complete shock?!  Being a mom is crazy hard but also super rewarding.  Growing up, I didn’t always have the greatest relationship with my mom because well…I’m female and was probably a super emotional brat back then. Thankfully, as I grew up, I really started to recognize how awesome my mom is and how hard she worked to make my life as amazing as she possibly could.  I definitely credit her with so much of who I am today {well, all the good parts…she totally could have spared a little patience and passed it along though because I definitely lack that}. 

I mean, don’t you wish you had these two for parents?!  They take funny selfies in fast food restaurants. 

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Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching which means, if you are like me, you may be panicking just a little about what to give your mom.  Sure, I could just buy my mom her favorite things: coke and twizzlers, but I think something with a little more thought behind it might be better.  Looking for inspiration, I searched and found these handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas that helped me choose something and might help you too!

Mothers Day Gift Collage

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